UPPER SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio man was killed on his wedding day when a pickup truck carrying him, his new wife and friends crashed.
Friends and family were mourning the deaths Andrew Bloomfield, 27, of Galion, and his 26-year-old friend Elizabeth Shelton, who were killed Sunday in northern Ohio’s Wyandot County when the truck’s driver lost control, authorities said.
Bloomfield had married 37-year-old Ruth Driskill hours before the crash, which happened just before 4 p.m., The Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum reported Tuesday. Driskill was in critical condition, as was the driver, Timothy Tebbe.
Wyandot County Sheriff Michael R. Hetzel said Tuesday that alcohol likely was a factor in the crash, based on statements of people who were at the wedding reception, but that hasn’t been determined for sure.
Hetzel said the four had gone to Tebbe’s house and were returning to the wedding reception at a private barn. The truck drove off the left side of the road and struck an embankment and a utility pole before rolling several times and coming to rest in a cornfield, the sheriff’s office said. Investigators don’t believe anyone was wearing a seat belt.
Driskell and Tebbe had to be extricated from the wreckage, a sheriff’s office report said. Shelton was dead at the scene, and Andrew Bloomfield died later at a hospital.
Jessica Lehner said her friend Bloomfield was like a brother to her.
“They were just getting ready to start a life together and then three hours later or so, it just happened, and he’s just gone,” said Lehner.